Session emphasizes conservation and agriculture collaboration on Saturday, February 21
Des Moines, IA -(Ammoland.com)- Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever are pleased to host the Water Quality, Agriculture & Wildlife Special Session on the Habitat Stage at the 2015 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic.
Saturday’s special session will feature landowners and agency professionals discussing the adoption of voluntary conservation practices which promote soil health, financial benefits, clean water, and increased wildlife habitat. The Water Quality, Agriculture & Wildlife Special Session will feature a number of well-known speakers from Iowa’s agricultural community including Roger Wolf from the Iowa Soybean Association, and Secretary Bill Northey from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
Topics throughout the special session will focus on water quality programs and best-management practices designed to help Iowa fulfill goals outlined in the state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
“Nutrient and water challenges in Iowa are too complex to solve with any single approach,” said Roger Wolf, director of environmental programs & services for Iowa Soybean Association. “To achieve water quality standards, we need unprecedented alignment and coordination among many partners. Pheasants Forever and Iowa Soybean Association are working together to help farmers continuously improve soil and water management, while supporting various conservation measures. What’s not to like about that?”
Water Quality, Agriculture & Wildlife Special Session
2:00 – Welcome / Pheasants Forever and Farming Forever
- Ryan Heiniger – North Region Manager, Pheasants Forever
2:10 – The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy
- Secretary Bill Northey – Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
- Matt Lechtenberg – Water Quality Coordinator, Iowa Dept. of Ag. and Land Stewardship
2:30 – Rainfall Simulator
- Rick Bednarek – State Soil Scientist, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service
3:00 Panel – Perspectives on Conservation for Water, Wildlife & Bottom Lines
- Cover Crops – Richard Sloan – Farmer from Buchanan County, Iowa
- STRIPS – Seth Watkins – Farmer from Page County, Iowa
3:45 – Opportunities for Partnerships
- Roger Wolf – Dir. of Environmental Programs & Services, Iowa Soybean Association
- Ben Gleason – Sustainable Program Manager, Iowa Corn Growers Association
4:15 – Accelerating the Adoption of Voluntary Water Quality Practices
- Sean McMahon – Executive Director, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance
4:30 – Q & A for Entire Panel
5:00 – Adjourn
About National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic
National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, presented by Federal Premium Ammunition, will be the nation’s largest trade show and convention for upland hunters, farmers, sport dog owners, and wildlife habitat conservationists. The event will also highlight Pheasants Forever’s accomplishments in the host state of Iowa, home to 100 Pheasants Forever chapters and three Quail Forever chapters. Local chapters account for 18,624 members statewide who have spent over $45 million to complete 111,724 wildlife habitat projects.
For more information, please visit www.PheasantsForever.org/PheasantFest.aspx.
About Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever
Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 140,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $508 million on 475,000 habitat projects benefiting 10 million acres nationwide.